PhD Scholarship: Memory Imprints, Max-Planck-Zentrum, Germany

PhD in Germany, International Max Planck Research School
PhD Scholarship: Memory Imprints: The newly founded Chair of Biophysics Professor Benoit Ladoux (Alexander von Humboldt professor) at FAU and Max Planck Society is offering a PhD position starting in September. This project will explore memory effects in cell migration using a multidisciplinary approach involving biophysics and cell biology.

PhD Scholarship: Memory Imprints During Cell Migration

Summary Table

PositionPhD Candidate in Biophysics or Cell and Molecular Biology
SupervisorDr. Benoit Ladoux
Host LaboratoryMax-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin
CollaborationsDr. René-Marc Mége (Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Paris), Dr. Raphael Voituriez (Sorbonne University, Paris, France), Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany)
Start DateSeptember
Application Deadline31/07/2024
LocationFAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin
Application SubmissionSend to Benoit Ladoux (

Study Area

Biophysics and Cell and Molecular Biology.

Scholarship Description

The PhD project focuses on studying memory imprints during cell migration. By combining physical tools and concepts with cell biology approaches, the project aims to uncover the roles of memory effects in single and collective movements of cells. Previous studies have shown that motile cells interact with their own footprints, leaving long-lived physicochemical marks that influence their migration paths. This research will delve into the nature of these footprints, their impact on different cell types, and their significance in processes like morphogenesis, wound healing, and cancer invasion. The project will employ quantitative assessments of mechanical forces, real-time microscopy, fixed and live cell imaging, and micropatterning to provide insights into the relationship between extracellular matrix remodeling and cell migration.


  • Master’s degree in biophysics or cell biology.
  • Prior experience in microscopy and quantitative imaging is advantageous.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment.
  • High motivation and interest in multidisciplinary science.

Required Documents

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • Training and employment references

How to Apply

Send your application documents in electronic form as ONE PDF file to Dr. Benoit Ladoux at

Last Date

The application deadline is 31/07/2024.

For more information, visit the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin.


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